Samsung is rumoured to be gearing up to reveal two smartphones with folding displays. The first would be a design that folds in half for storage, and could potentially look like a cosmetic compact. The other is said to be a 5-inch smartphone with the capability to expand to an 8-inch display.
These bendable displays will also be using OLEDs, which will provide brighter screens while reducing power consumption. According to the report, this will be followed by Samsung increasing production of OLED displays for sale to other electronics manufacturers; which may include Apple.
Of course, having the capacity to manufacture OLED displays and bendable screens will give Samsung a head start on capturing the market. Even if the company manages to reach an agreement with Apple on supplying OLEDs for iPhones.
Samsung’s devices, which are being developed under the codename “Project Valley”, could be revealed as soon as the next Mobile World Congress in 2017. This still leaves eight months before anything happens, but if it is true then we should be hearing more rumours about the devices towards the end of the year.
Samsung has been pushing the development of smartphones as it tries to recover sales lost to Chinese manufacturers. It has successfully implemented curved displays in its last two flagship phones, and it is not difficult to imagine that the company is preparing to make the next technological leap for mobile displays.